Goals vs. Resolutions

Do you have goals for the New Year? Resolutions?


I want to start today’s post with a quote from the one whom we celebrate today, Martin Luther King:

Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes on Progress:  “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

Seeing as I started this blog mid-January instead of the beginning of January will tell you that I’m not one who obsesses over New Year resolutions.  I like to start the year with goals.  Goals are what you set forth to achieve in a set time you expect to achieve them.  Goals can be short term or long term.  The cool thing about goals are that you are always working to achieve them and every step that you make towards them is considered progress.  Whereas, resolutions are long term and something that you “keep” not something that you “complete”.  They are also usually vague and sometimes really an unrealistic “goal” rather than a “resolution”.  This is often why they are so hard to “keep”.  So, I do not ever make New Year resolutions, but I do set goals of things that I would like to do better.

My goals for this New Year look something like this:

  1.  Lose weight and be healthy-(Everyone has this goal it seems)
  2. Be more productive
  3. Be more organized
  4. Continue my journey with life, love, and happiness

Understand that these are all things that I want to accomplish throughout the year.  I do not expect overnight success, but hope to see a move in the right direction throughout the year.  Most goals require sacrifice and struggle, but in my mind it is all about taking “baby steps”.  In the next few days I will explain my specific goals and how I plan to accomplish them.  Remember, this blog is about conversation…I hope you will take a few minutes to inspire me with your goals and/or resolutions (whatever you have chose to make) and share your ideas of accomplishing them!




Author: loblollypineandwine

I am a former teacher, an artist, and a mom to two sons. My life evolves around my family, my home, and my passion for creativity. I am a "day tripper", but also love to travel. I also love floral design, gardening, and cooking. My motto: "Don't sweat the small stuff"

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